Preseason Countdown No. 21: Best 2019 offensive performance


The 2019 season featured many incredible performances for the Maryland Terrapins by an offense that may not have been consistent but displayed tons of upside nonetheless. However, none of those performances quite compare to a pair of midweek contests in late March versus the Elon Phoenix.

The first dominant showing by the Terps’ bats began in the second inning of Tuesday’s match on March 19. After two Maryland runners moved into scoring position, a passed ball by Elon’s catcher allowed Maryland sophomore Justin Vought to score from third base. Outfielder Caleb Walls added to the early onslaught by bashing a pitch to center field and sprinting around the bases for a two-run, inside-the-park home run to give Maryland an early 3-0 lead.

The Phoenix took a 4-3 lead in the fifth, after a few anemic innings from the Terps’ offense, but when the sixth inning came along Maryland quickly snatched the lead back on a pair of wild pitches. The Terps didn’t stop there, however.

In the seventh inning, A.J. Lee — who led the 2019 team with a .317 batting average — hammered a double to left-center field for another pair of runs and later crossed home on an RBI bunt single from Walls, giving Maryland an 8-4 lead with two frames to go.

The cherry on top came the following inning when both Lee and Walls went liftoff with a two-run home run and a solo home run, respectively. After blowing their early lead, the Terrapin offense had scored a total eight unanswered runs after the fifth inning to assert their offensive dominance as they took game one of the two-game midweek series, 11-4.

The following day the Terps did not waste any time piling on runs versus the Phoenix’s pitching. While Maryland’s own starter, junior Tuck Tucker, threw five one-hit innings, Elon’s starter didn’t even make it out of the first. Five Maryland runners scored in the first inning as the Terps batted around the lineup once.

Elon nearly escaped with no damage, but with two outs and the bases loaded the Phoenix allowed a pair of walks and a pair of singles to Sebastian Holte-Mancera and Walls before getting the final out leaving Maryland with a first-inning 5-0 lead.

The Terps did not bring as many fireworks in the second inning, but tacked on another run with an RBI groundout off the bat of Vought. The following inning junior Randy Bednar joined in on the fun with a two-run double crushed to left-center field and would later scored on an RBI single up the middle by third baseman Taylor Wright.

Unfortunately, the Terps were not able to score in every inning of the game, but they made sure not to stop just after three innings. While they were limited to zeros in the run column through the fourth and fifth innings, Maryland took advantage of a weak Elon bullpen by loading the bases on three walks in the sixth inning.

Tommy Gardiner cashed in on a single to right field for two runs, leaving runners on the corners. The final Terrapin run of the game scored simply, on a wild pitch, and thus Maryland had given itself a powerful 12-1 lead en route to an ultimate 12-4 victory.